Crochet is a great hobby for anyone with an interest in clothing, fabric and design. It can be a fun, creative and highly rewarding activity so it is no surprise that it is so popular all around the world and has been for many years. At Jaarn, we find this pastime fascinating with plenty of intriguing facts about crochet that most people are unaware of.
Fascinating Crochet Facts to Ponder
Learning these facts about crochet will only make the hobby even more enjoyable and will certainly impress anyone else with an interest in the activity. With this in mind, keep reading the blog as we discuss 5 interesting facts about crochet.
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1. The Name Means “Small Hook”
Most people assume that crochet refers to the fabric that is used in the process, but this is not the case. The name actually refers to the process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of materials with a crochet hook. This is evident with the name which is derived from the French term crochet which translates to “small hook”.
2. Crochet Saved Lives in Ireland
During the potato famine in Ireland during the 1840s, there was a great deal of suffering and poverty around Ireland. The Ursuline sisters set up crochet centres around the land which produces crochet items which were then sold to rich English aristocrats to provide a steady income to many Irish families.
3. It Has Vague Origins
The first appearance of the word crochet and instructions for the technique were first printed in 1823 in a Dutch magazine called Penélopé. There were 5 differently styled purses shown in the magazine along with instructions on how they can be made. Despite this, origins of the technique are vague with some claiming that it originated in Arabia where it followed along Arab trade routes while others believe that it originated in South America.
4. The Longest Chain Is 130 Kilometres Long!
One of the best facts about crochet is that the longest crochet chain in the entire world is a staggering 130km (80.78 miles) long. Made by Frenchwoman Anne Vanier-Drüssel, the crochet chain took just over 5 months to complete starting on the 15th of June 2008 and finishing on November 26th, 2008.
5. It Is A Healthy Pastime
There are many good reasons to start crocheting as a hobby. It is one of the healthier and more productive pastimes as it can be used to improve a variety of skills, including your hand-eye coordination, creativity, logic, mathematics and patience. Not only this, but crochet is also often used in places like schools, hospitals and nursing homes as a way for overactive kids and those with mental health difficulties to focus and relax.
As you can see, crochet is an interesting pastime and one with a rich, fascinating and varied history (even if the origins are unclear). It has been around for a long time but has never wavered in popularity and seems to be particularly popular right now. It is a highly rewarding, creative and relaxing yet challenging pastime which allows you to make all kinds of clothes and other fabric items. Get in touch with your questions or feedback, we’d love to hear it!